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 Can I Ask for Help The Relationship among Incarcerated Males’ Sexual Orientation, Incarceration History, and Perceptions of Rape in Prison.


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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Date Created: Spring 2016

Date Issued: 2016

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: pdf

Extent: 98 p.

Language(s): English

Abstract/Description: In 2003, Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act to address the problemof sexual violence in prison. Although research has shed light on the prevalence andincidence of sexual violence in U.S. prisons, few studies examine inmates’ perceptions ofrape and safety from rape in prison. This study examined rape perceptions and thelikelihood to seek mental health treatment in prison of three distinct groups of maleinmates who are at greater risk of sexual victimization or exposure to sexual violencewhile incarcerated: gay and bisexual inmates, inmates with a juvenile incarcerationhistory, and inmates who were first incarcerated in the adult criminal justice systemduring adolescence or emerging adulthood. This study examined the relationshipsbetween sexual orientation and inmates’ perceptions of the threat of rape and seekingof mental health treatment in prison. Data from 409 incarcerated men residing in 23maximum security correctional institutions revealed that gay and bisexual inmates weresignificantly more likely than straight inmates to fear the threat of rape and to voluntarilyrequest mental health treatment in prison. Incarcerated men with a history of childhood abuse were significantly more likely than inmates without an abuse history to fear thethreat of rape. Having a history of childhood sexual abuse, identifying as black, and beingincarcerated for longer than 18 years also significantly predicted increased likelihood tovoluntarily request mental health treatment in prison. Implications for practice and policyare discussed.

Identifier: FA00004624 (IID)

Note(s): Includes bibliography.Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2016.

Held by: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library

Sublocation: Boca Raton, Fla.

Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fau/fd/FA00004624

Restrictions on Access: All rights reserved by the source institution

Owner Institution: FAU



Autor: Ratkalkar, Mina , author Smykla, John Ortiz Dr., Thesis advisor College for Design and Social Inquiry, Degree grantor

Fuente: http://fau.digital.flvc.org/islandora/object/fau%3A33483



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